Address the problem

There are many reasons why I support Democrat Kerith Strano Taylor for the 5th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, Katie McGinty for U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania and Hillary Clinton for President.

As a scientist concerned about our environment, I worry especially about the human role (greenhouse gas creation) in producing climate change. The seven warmest years in recorded history are these: 1998, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Indeed, 2016 is likely to break all records. Every relevant scientific body has emphasized a looming crisis. For example, the American Geophysical Union summarizes its consensus view with this statement: “Human-Induced Climate Change Requires Urgent Action.”

A recent booklet published jointly by two bodies of leading scientists, the United States National Academy of Sciences and the United Kingdom’s Royal Society, states “Climate change is the defining issue of our time. It is now more certain than ever, based on many lines of evidence, that humans are changing Earth’s climate”. My professional organization, the American Physical Society, declared, “The evidence is incontrovertible: Global warming is occurring. If no mitigating actions are taken, significant disruptions in the Earth’s physical and ecological systems, social systems, security and human health are likely to occur. We must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases beginning now.”

Yet, the Republican candidates for these positions (Glenn Thompson, Pat Toomey and Donald Trump) consistently ignore (or even deny) this scientific consensus! Trump wrote that “The concept of climate change was created by the Chinese.”

Jim Inhofe, Republican chair of the U. S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, recently published his book, “The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future.”

In stark contrast, the Democratic candidates’ views and proposals are consistent with the overwhelming scientific consensus that we must reduce our production of greenhouse gases. Let’s address this problem by voting for them.